Alluding to the almost complete lack of oversight for e-cigarettes, she said, "It is pretty much impossible for you to know what is in the e-cigarette or vaping product that you're getting, particularly THC-containing products bought off the street or bought from social sources". Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.
More than a third of patients are under age 21, but the deaths have been older adults who apparently had more difficulty recovering.
"We now have information for 578 patients with information on substances used in e-cigarette or vaping products in the three months before symptom onset", Schuchat said.
In its report, the CDC said that among 805 cases of illness documented as of September 24, almost 77% of the 514 people interviewed reported using products containing THC as well as other products, and 36% reported using products only containing THC.
In New Jersey, a activity force established up by Governor Chris Murphy proposed Thursday that the point out moved to ban flavored e-cigarettes.
Based on reports from several states, patients have experienced respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain), and some have also experienced gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea) or non-specific symptoms such as fatigue, fever, or weight loss.
The CDC does not know what is causing lung failure among people who vape, Schuckat said. According to Schuchat, "Most patients report a history of using THC-containing products, and most patients are male and young people".
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While the cause of the outbreak remains unknown, "we found that about 78% reported using THC containing products", she said.
As of Wednesday, 17 deaths in the United States have been linked to a lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes.
ME passed a law this year that taxes e-cigarettes the same as combustible tobacco products, as well as a law sponsored by Millett that prohibits vaping on all ME school grounds. The CDC has said that no single product has been tied to all injuries.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention have reported 4 more cases of lung illnesses have been reported in the state.
The investigation has not yet identified any specific substance or e-cigarette product that is linked to all cases.
A representative from the American Cancer Society said they have been working with the state as they investigate these cases. A concerned student, Isabelle Mochrie, says " I believe that juuls, or any vaping products for that matter, shouldn't be banned.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a criminal investigation, and is working alongside the CDC, as well as with local and state health officials. There are safe, effective resources in Rhode Island to help people quit using e-cigarettes.